Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fire weather conditions for the weekend

The hot temperatures one typically associates with summer for Oregon are expected to arrive this weekend, with thunderstorms also expected in central and eastern Oregon, which creates the potential for lightning fire ignitions on rangeland and forests.

The National Weather Service continues to have a fire weather watch in effect for most of Oregon east of the Cascade mountains (except the Klamath Basin) beginning Sunday. A fire weather watch is just below the alert level declared by a Red Flag Warning for wildland fire conditions; during these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

Here’s what the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center in Portland is forecasting on Saturday morning for the week--

Warming and drying will continue over the region through Monday before leveling off. Expect increasing lightning activity over the next several days, mainly from the Cascade Crest eastward over Oregon but expanding northward into Washington by Sunday. Thunderstorms are expected to bring increasing moisture. Fire danger indices are currently low in most areas but will be rising in response to the warming trend. Initial fire attack will increase along with the lightning; however, the risk of large, significant fires remains generally low for the time being due to the lower fire danger indices.

Kevin Weeks - ODF Public Affairs Office


  1. Where can I find info about the Dayville fire?

  2. To: Anonymous
    Check the Wildfire Blog regularly for updates on the Steward Ditch II (Dayville) Fire. As of mid-morning July 9, the fire was 300 acres and 50 percent contained.


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Cool, wet weather in the winter of 2016-17 ended Oregon's long drought and left a thick mountain snowpack. It didn't take long for that to melt and vegetation to dry out due to a series of heatwaves and a prolonged stretch of dry weather over the summer. As forest fuels dried, fires started and spread, many from lands adjacent to those protected by ODF, such as the Chetco Bar Fire in Curry County. That one fire accounted for 46% of the 47,537 acres of land protected by ODF which burned in 2017. Of fires originating on ODF-protected land, 95% were put out at less than 10 acres.

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